The Bernard van Leer Foundation is an international grantmaking foundation based in The Hague.
Our mission is to improve opportunities for children up to age 8 who are growing up in socially and economically difficult circumstances. We see this both as a valuable end in itself and as a long-term means to promoting more cohesive, considerate and creative societies with equal opportunities and rights for all.
Latest news from the Bernard van Leer Foundation
The latest edition of the foundation's biannual journal, Early Childhood Matters, is available. Timed to coincide with the EFA Global Monitoring Report on early childhood, this 58-page edition is entitled Transitions in the early years: A learning opportunity.
On Thursday 16 November in Ghent, Belgium, present a film, Childcare stories: Multiple perspectives of parents about education, employment and childcare, and a brochure - Ouderpartcipatie, ook voor vaders (parent participation, also for fathers) - on how to in childcare. These products were developed with support from the foundation and others.(Research and Resource Centre for Early Childhood Care and Education) will
Foundation partner The Venezia Institite is holding a conference entitled "Multicultural education in early childhood" in Tel Aviv on 15 November. Also, check out a on the Venezia Institute's website for more details - with video clips - of their foundation-funded work on promoting multiculturalism among young children in Israel.
UNESCO's Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2007 is Read moreon October 26 on the theme of early childhood. The Bernard van Leer Foundation was delighted to have had the opportunity to provide input into this latest GMR. We believe the report will make 2007 the year of early childhood in EFA, and consider that it sheds important light on our activities to raise early childhood issues on the international agenda.
The Roving Caregivers Programme in Jamaica, Community Mothers Programme in Ireland and "Loipi" projects with Kenyan pastoralists are among the foundation-funded projects deatured in the October 2006 edition of the.
Nebahat Akkoç, President of Turkish women's organisation and foundation partner, has been France's highest honour, the Legion d'Honneur medal. KA-MER implements the Life for Children project, which aims to challenge cultural, traditional or educational practices which are harmful to women and children.
Attitudes towards gender that are inculcated in early childhood can play a significant role in creating adult behaviours that lead to the spread of HIV/AIDS. This new working paper, Young children, HIV/AIDS and gender: A summary review, explores how to use the early years to lay the foundations for HIV/AIDS prevention.
The foundation-funded publication "Bua Fela - Just Talk", published byin South Africa, is now at the printers and will be available for distribution soon. This practical guide to working with children in radio broadcasting is based on the experiences gained by ABC Ulwazi during the Speak Free Project, funded by the foundation since 2003. If you are interested in a copy, email .
Kenya Community Development Foundation, which implements the Capacity Building and Early Childhood Development project, has launched a new logo together with a sponsors' forum and new funds for food security and girl children.on KCDF's website.
Following on from its recent award (see news item below), South Africa's White House Conference on Global Literacy (press release, pdf, 28kb). Hosted by Mrs Laura Bush, the conference will be held in New York this month.has been selected as one of the nine programmes to be highlighted in the
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